A more relaxed way to the summit the National Three Peaks..
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Difficulty Level4 Four
The National Three Peaks are the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales, all of which are fantastic walks, and completing them within 24 hours (or our target of 15 hours of walking) is a challenge many people choose to take on. But why rush? A much more sociable challenge is to attempt the national three peaks over three consecutive days. You’ll have plenty of time to sleep and eat in the evening, see some of the local sights, and do all three in daylight!
This very special fully guided and hosted three day adventure up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon is still a tough challenge, but you’ll experience more of the beauty of the mountains while doing it. You’ll have time to look around, time to talk to your guide about the landscape and the local wildlife, and time to sample the local pubs.
In a nutshell:
- Attempt the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales over three days, on three guided walks.
- Relax in our vehicle, with a dedicated driver who will get you to your accommodation, and to the foot of each peak.
- Stay in some magical locations, in full view of the mountainous beauty of Lochaber, The Lake District and Snowdonia.
- Sample the local pubs, cafés and restaurants between each peak.
- Take on a great challenge, spanning some of the best mountains in the country.
We’ll collect you from Glasgow at some point on Friday afternoon at a time we’ll arrange that’s best for you, but ideally no later than 4pm. From here we’ll drive you up to Fort William, with time to stop for dinner in the fantastic Real Food Café in Tyndrum, deep in the highlands and just past the stunning drive alongside Loch Lomond.
Before reaching our accommodation for the night, which will be either near Fort William or Glen Coe, we’ll have a stop at a supermarket so you can pick up any snacks you’ll need for the next few days.
After a sit down breakfast at around 7am, its time to start our National Three Peaks Challenge. We’ll take you to the foot of Ben Nevis, where you’ll meet your guide and begin the ascent.
Ben Nevis is 1345m tall and the route is 10 ¾ miles (17km) long, which typically takes between 6 to 9 hours to complete. You’ll be taking the Pony Path, which was used by ponies who used to resupply the weather observatory that sat on the mountain’s summit. The ruins are still visible near the summit cairn.
Once you’re down from Ben Nevis, we begin the drive to the Lake District and your accommodation there, which will either be in Keswick or Borrowdale, the valley that runs to the south of Derwent Water. It’ll be a late arrival, so we’ll have dinner on route.
After breakfast at 7am we’ll drive you to the foot of Scafell Pike at Seathwaite, where you’ll meet your Scafell Pike guide and begin the ascent. The peak stands at 978m and the route is 9 ½ miles (15.3km) long and takes around 6 hours to complete. You’ll be heading up the famous corridor route, one of the best ways up Scafell Pike and a brilliant adventure.
Once you’re back down in the valley, we’ll begin the drive to North Wales and the last peak, Snowdon. There’ll be a dinner stop on-route and we’ll be staying in one of the villages that lie dotted around this great mountain. There are several options, all within a stone’s throw of the start of our walk the next day.
After another early breakfast it’s time to complete our National Three Peaks weekend. We’ll head off for Snowdon, which you’ll be attempting from Pen-y-Pass, the highest point you can start from, and the dramatic top of the Llanberis Pass. Your Snowdon guide will take you up the Pyg Track, which is supposedly named after the medieval practice of hunting wild boar in the area. Though it’s unlikely you’ll see any today!
Snowdon is 1085m tall and the route is 7 miles (11.3km) long, taking typically between 5 and 6 hours to complete the return journey. Once you’re down there’ll be plenty of time for celebration in a local café before we take you on one final drive to Chester train station.
We recommend you book an open train ticket from Chester to account for traffic and other delays.
What our members have to say...
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The host Kendra was very welcoming upon arrival at the youth hostel, all walkers and climbers were friendly and we got on great as a group. The home cooked food was amazing and the idea of 'kitchen angels' worked really well. The rock climbing instructor and his son were brilliant and helped us all, providing constant guidance and encouragement.Penny GraingerMember Since 2016
I have attended Large Outdoors weekends for the last two years , achieving many challenges in the British countryside. Every weekend has been very well organised, in beautiful locations, wonderful walks, nutritious food with lovely people.
I have learned new skills and gained confidence in the outdoors from the mountain leaders. I thoroughly enjoy every weekend and always look forward to the next.Elizabeth BrooksMember Since 2014
Since my first Large Outdoors weekend I have rediscovered my love for the countryside, met so many great people and had a whole lot of fun. I've sailed around the Inner Hebrides on a luxurious yacht, climbed the 3 national peaks Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafel Pike, danced my socks off at the Halloween and New Year celebrations and fallen in love with the beautiful Isle of Skye. Every trip has been amazing fun and I have met so many lovely people and made friends for life. Cheers Large Outdoors!Karen RobertsMember Since 2012
I have been joining Large Outdoors on their outdoor adventures for many years now. I wasn’t always an active person and as a self-confessed city dweller I never thought I would appreciate so much of what is on offer when you leave the suburbs behind you. Large Outdoors has not only made me appreciate what natural beauty is on our door step, it has also given me the confidence to challenge myself and see things differently.Shad EverettMember since 2009
I love the concept of the Large Outdoors weekends and I like to have at least one or two booked for the future, to have something to look forward to. A weekend trip finds me visiting some fabulous parts of the country: Northumberland, Dorset, Brecon Beacons, Lake District, North York Moors... hills, mountains, moors and coast - all well covered by the amazing choice of locations to pick from, with decent (or lovely!) accommodation, great food and qualified walk leaders. They're also very good value.Sue LangfordMember since 2008